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Fire at waste management facility

Post Date:06/23/2018 2:23 PM

Update at 5:20 p.m June 23: Work continues on the fire at the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility. The City of Whitehorse and Protective Services will be actively managing the fire for the next several days. Emergency vehicles are in the area, be cautious on the highway and avoid using the waste management facility. Smoke may be visible in the area; we ask residents to minimize their exposure as the burning waste may be hazardous.

Update at 10:50 a.m. June 24: Suppression efforts continue on the fire at the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility. The City of Whitehorse, the Whitehorse Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Departments and Protective Services are working together to actively manage the fire. There is increased smoke in the area, residents are asked to close their windows and refrain from walking in the area as the smoke may be hazardous. There is no immediate risk of the fire at the facility causing a wildfire at this time.

Update at 1:25 p.m. June 24: We ask the public to refrain from using or visiting the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility unless necessary. The City of Whitehorse, the Whitehorse Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Departments and Protective Services are working closely to suppress the fire burning at the facility.

Update at 12:28 p.m. June 25: We are happy to report that at this point in time the fire at the Waste Management Facility is contained. A soil cover has been applied and has been key to suffocating the fire. The fire is still active underground and will take ongoing monitoring and maintenance over the next little while. We would like to thank Yukon Government for their immediate response in setting up a unified command to manage this incident. They were able to bring in many additional support services to support our fire and operations crews. We would also like to thank the many volunteer fire departments around the Whitehorse area who assisted with their resources, and every body and piece of equipment was gratefully received. The cause is still under investigation.